There have been numerous rumors about Apple planning a switch to OLED panels for its popular family of iPad tablets. Contrary to recent speculation about a 2022 (or even 2021) release date, the display supply chain experts at Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) have published a report suggesting that Apple’s first iPad models to adopt OLED technology will actually reach the market sometime in 2023. DSCC believes that these new iPads with premium panels will help boost the overall tablet market to over $1 billion in 2024. According to popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s first OLED iPad will be an iPad Air model rather than an iPad Pro.
Annual AMOLED Tablet Panel Shipment Forecast, 2021-2025
Most of the rumors that we’ve heard about an OLED iPad suggest that it’s coming in 2022, which is earlier than the DSCC report predicts. The Elec recently said that Apple will release a 10.8-inch iPad with an OLED display in 2022, and back in March, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple is expected to start using OLED next year. DigiTimes has also predicted a 2022 release for an OLED iPad, as have sites like ETNews, which rely on supply chain data.